Aisha Buhari Donates Food Items To Kaduna Residents

Kogi, Aisha Buhari, Less privilegedNigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari has donated food items to Kaduna State Government for onward distribution to residents of the state.

The First Lady, who was represented by Co-ordinator of Buhari Support Group, Mrs Binta Muazu, said the donation was part of her efforts to touch the lives of the less-privileged in the society, particularly in this trying moment of economic hardship and in the spirit of Ramadan.

During the presentation, she sympathized with the citizens on the pains they are passing through presently, assuring them that the pains were temporary as her husband, President Buhari, means well for the country.

She also encouraged the Muslim faithful to use the Ramadan period to pray for the peace of the nation and leaders.

Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hadiza El-Rufai, while receiving the items on behalf of the State Government, commended the President Buhari-led administration for the achievements so far, especially in the fight against insurgency and corruption.

She also guaranteed that women in the state are in full support of the programmes and policies of the present administration.

Items donated include cartons of Macaroni, Spaghetti, bags of Semovita, Wheat among other food items.

Aisha Buhari Donates Food To Less Privileged In Kogi‎

Kogi, Aisha Buhari, Less privilegedThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated food worth millions of Naira to some less privileged persons in Kogi State through her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative.

Mrs Buhari made the donation on Tuesday in Lokoja, where she was represented by Mrs Maryam Ibrahim and the wife of the Kogi State Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

‎The President’s wife added that the plight of the widows and less privileged ones in the society remained a serious concern, hence the need for the support.

“This is part of my contributions to nation building. We cannot pretend that these set of people don’t exist in our society.

“We have carried out this same gesture in other states of the federation, because the essence of living is to be our brothers’ keeper.

“So, these materials are just my token gesture to assist those who are in dire need of help in our country,” she said.

Mrs Buhari also used the medium to appeal to the people of the state to support the All Progressives Congress-led administration to deliver the dividends of democracy, urging the populace to remain peaceful at all times.

In her remarks, Mrs Bello commended the gesture, saying that she was also committed to improving the lives of widows and the less privileged in the society.‎

She similarly called on the women in Kogi State to lend their supports and prayers for the President’s family.

Cross River Textile Factory Concludes Recruitment Screening Exercise

Cross River, Textile FactoryFinal screening for the would-be employees of the Cross River Garment and Textile Factory has been concluded across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.

The exercise, which took place simultaneously in Ikom for the Central Senatorial District, Ogoja for the people in the Northern Senatorial District and Calabar for the Southern Senatorial District, saw excited applicants trooping out in their thousands for the exercise.

Addressing the mammoth crowd at the UJ Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Coordinator for the Southern Senatorial District and Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Rosemary Archibong, disclosed that Governor Ben Ayade remained committed to his promise that those who will work at the factory will be mostly women, with widows given special consideration.

According to her, the Governor, knowing the plight of most widows across the state, decided that 80% of those to be employed in the garment factory should be widows that are still energetic to carry out routine work to earn income to support their children.

Some of the applicants were optimistic that they would be employed and finally have sustainable income to cater for their families.

The wife of the Nigerian President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, will commission the factory.

Buhari To Commission Textile Factory In Calabar

Buhari, calabar, textile factoryThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, says the state is 99% ready for the commissioning of its garment and textile factory as well as the Calabar Monorail which is expected to be done by President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha Buhari in the coming weeks.

Gov. Ayade, who disclosed this after an on-the-spot inspection of ongoing work which is at its peak at the Garment factory, said that the President was quite enthused with the project and has offered to be in Calabar with the first lady.

The Governor hinted that the garment factory which is the biggest in Africa, would be fully automated and expected to employ about 3,000 people, with 80% of them being women.

He said skewing the employment in favour of women, especially widows was informed by the fact that they have been neglected, “they are people that have lost their loved ones, they have kids without income, and are the most vulnerable in the society today”.

Gov. Ayade described the President as someone who identifies with anything good irrespective of party lines and ethnic background.

Also speaking, a Director with Lilleker (Nig) Ltd, the firm handling electrical installations at the garment factory, Mr Thorpe Steward, said that everything was in a state of readiness for commissioning.

Reps To Fast Track Passage Of Northeast Development Commission Bill

imo-state-house-of-asemblyThe House of Representatives in Nigeria is looking to fast track the passage of the bill to set up a Northeast Development Commission.

Members of parliament believe an institutional framework is required to facilitate the coordination of all the support provided towards the reconstruction and development of the northeast ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, who made this known at the public hearing on the bill, said the House recognised the need for a legal framework that would address the overall development challenges of the northeast.

He pointed out that the existing legal frameworks on refugees, emergency management and boundary disputes resolution had so far not addressed the plight of the people in the northeast.

According to him, the region lags behind in all major indices of human development, with the highest incidence of illiteracy in Nigeria, poor healthcare, lack of good roads and an exceptional poverty rate.

“These issues existed before the consequences of insurgency but are worse after the insurgency,” he told the House.

Following a formal presentation by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, outlining her position on the Northeast Development Commission Bill to the lawmakers , the representative of the Yobe State Governor, Mohammed Lamin, advised that the headquarters of the commission be cited in Damaturu the Yobe State capital for centrality of administration.

Three northeast states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – have been ravaged by the over six years insurgency by the Boko Haram terrorists, pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and end to Western education in the region.

Unemployed Graduates, Civilian JTF To Benefit From N5,000 Stipend

Ngige-StipendThe Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government will target unemployed graduates, market women and the Civilian Joint Task Force in the north-east as beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s campaign promise to provide stipends for the poor and vulnerable.

The Minister made further clarifications in Abuja during an interview with journalists. He explained that the 5,000 Naira stipend will be disbursed through a social security scheme.

Ngige gave the assurance that while the Federal Government empowers unemployed graduates through a teacher conversion scheme,other unskilled individuals, including market women and the civilian JTF in the north-east will undertake training at various skills acquisition centres across the country.

The Minister also said that the promised stipend for the unemployed will vary, depending on the programme a candidate is engaged in.

Addressing Youth Unemployment

Dr. Ngige recently called on Nigerian youths to embrace technical skills in order to wriggle out of joblessness.

He was speaking to Channels Television after President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation of the 2016 budget at the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 22.

With a promise that the 2016 budget would focus on addressing youth unemployment and cater for the vulnerable, Channels Television sought to know the plans of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on the implementation of this key feature of the 2016 budget.

“We will give employment that will be decent. For example, one of the programmes we are going to execute is the conversion of graduates into the teaching cadre. We’ll give them training after Youth Corps, 1-year post Youth Corps, 2-year post Youth Corps, that is the bar and we will start form there; get them into teaching.

“Whether you are an engineer or lawyer, we will convert you and use that as a transition job for the time being.

“We are also going to do skill acquisition. All our skill acquisition centre scattered all over the country are going to be raised into performing their roles,” he said.

5,000 Naira Stipend: Aisha Buhari Urges APC To Keep Promises

Aisha Buhari Urges APC To Keep Campaign PromisesThe wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), not to go back on its campaign promises.

In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, on Tuesday, Mrs Buhari appealed to the party not to go back on its campaign promises of paying 5,000 Naira to 25 million unemployed Nigerians and giving school children one free meal a day.

The reminder from the wife of the President came after Senators from the ruling party voted against a motion moved by the opposition, calling on the Presidency to pay the 5,000 Naira allowance, as promised.

Mrs Buhari said that the APC was a party of integrity and had assured Nigerians during the campaign that it would pay 5,000 Naira each month to 25 million most vulnerable citizens.

Mrs Buhari, however, asked Nigerians to be patient with the APC government, as the change they had been yearning for, had come to stay.

On November 6 the APC assured Nigerians that it would not renege on its campaign promise to pay 5,000 Naira each monthly to 25 million most vulnerable Nigerians.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, called on the citizens to ignore what it called a mischievous attempt by the PDP to confuse and mislead them on this issue.


Buhari Meets With Chibok Parents

ChibokEmotions ran high at the Defence House on Friday evening as President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Aisha, and the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, met with two women whose daughters are among the over 200 missing Chibok girls.

The Vice President’s wife led the two women to a meeting with Hajia Buhari and her husband.

After the meeting, the two women broke down in tears while Mrs Buhari held them tightly.

The Vice President’s wife, while telling State House correspondents what transpired during the meeting, said that she was extremely overwhelmed that at this time when President Buhari is so busy, he had time to meet with the women from Chibok.

President Buhari had promised during his inaugural speech that his government would do all it can to rescue the missing Chibok girls alive.

While announcing the relocation of the military command centre to Maiduguri the Borno State capital, to facilitate better coordination of the fight against the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Buhari said, “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”

Nigerians have expressed hope that the President’s pro-activeness would yield more positive results in the coming weeks.

Aisha Buhari Seeks Legislation Against Early Marriage

ChibokThe wife of Nigeria’s President-elect, Aisha Buhari, has stressed the need for legislation that will protect the girl child from early marriage and women from other vices.

Mrs Buhari was speaking on the side-line of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, shortly after her presentation on the danger women and girl child contend with daily.

At the gathering, social inclusion and empowerment for women topped talks.

The wife of the President-elect, said global legislation remained the solution to most challenges facing women.

She also called for legislation against early marriage.

Women from Africa, Asia, Europe and the host continent, South America, came armed with expertise knowledge and the challenges women face across the world.

Mrs Hannatu Ngilari, Dr. Hajo Sani and Mariyya Zayyan, were part of the Nigerian delegation at the event.

They made their contributions at the conference.

Speaking to Channels Television on some of the consequences of social exclusion of women, Mrs Buhari pushed for legislation that would protect women and the girl child.

The Nigerian delegation and wives of governors at the Buenos Aires conference said they picked a few ideas that would enhance women empowerment scheme back home.

The global conference ended with a call on government and international organisations to increase the participation of women in decision making process.

Chibok Girls’ Rescue Is Priority For My Husband – Mrs. Buhari

Chibok The wife of Nigeria’s President-elect, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for international assistance for Nigeria to enable the immediate release and rehabilitation of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari made the call at the opening session of the Global Conference on Women and Social Inclusion, holding in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where women from around the world have gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing action.

Addressing the congregation of women during one of the sessions, Mrs. Buhari revealed that the release of the Chibok schoolgirls and all the women seized by Boko Haram is one of the immediate priorities of her husband when he assumes office on May 29, 2015.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari who led the delegation of Nigerian women, including, Mrs. Mairo Al-makura, Nkechi Okorocha and Abike Dabiri, made a compelling case for international assistance for Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram.

She also spoke on the need to build confidence in both the parents and schoolgirls to ensure they continue their education.

Just as the violence against the Chibok schoolgirls attracted global attention, some of the participants at the conference also called for legislation that protect the working condition of women.

The gathering was also aimed at speeding up action on the 1995 Beijing resolution on gender equality for women and UNDP Representative, Helen Clark, said that although the level of women participation increased significantly to 22.1% in the last 20 years, more can still be done to attain the 35% affirmative action.

Top among those at the conference were the Director-General of the United Nations Women for Africa, Phumzile Miambo, former Malawian President, Mrs. Joyce Banda and right activists

The conference is providing Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the Nigerian delegation with gainful insight on how to address the challenges facing Nigerian women when her husband assume office later this month.